The Long Goodbye

For movie exhibitors, the digital takeover is well underway

Mark Twain once wrote, "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated." In regard to shooting and exhibiting motion picture film, unfortunately, the rumors are quickly becoming true. And nowhere does the coming end of film as a significant distribution medium hit home harder than at your local movie theater. Sometime next year, chances... Read more

At A glance: The Variable ND Filter

A good solution for motion capture?

Capturing cinematic shallow depth of field is the main benefit in shooting with large CMOS sensors found on DSLRs and the latest crop of large-sensor camcorders. But with this advantage, you also have a steep learning curve in knowing how to achieve a cinematic look with a large-sensor camera. As many of you know, to maintain a cinematic look shooting... Read more

First Look: Canon C300

Canon releases its first large-sensor video camera for its new Cinema EOS line. With a number of professional features designed for motion picture capture, don’t call it a DSLR.

In recent years, no tool has changed the production industry as much as the DSLR. With the release of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II nearly three and a half years ago, Canon helped kickstart a filmmaking revolution that enabled low-budget (or no-budget) filmmakers to produce high-quality cinematic images for a fraction of the cost of a typical production.... Read more

Hands On With The Sony NEX-FS100U

A true digital motion-picture camera with a budget-friendly price

I first saw the Sony NEX-FS100U on a press excursion last year in Japan a week before the earthquake and tsunami hit. Although Sony did show us the prototype of the new 4K F65, the camera journalists literally were climbing over tables to get their first glimpse of the large-sensor video camera targeted toward indie filmmakers. The FS100U is a compact... Read more

April 2012

The user interface is intuitive with swipe gestures to convert units and timecode. For RED camera users, stereo and HDRx options can be calculated independently.

NIKON D800 With a massive 36.3-megapixel FX-full-frame-format CMOS sensor, the Nikon D800 adds a healthy set of video capabilities to its popular predecessor the D700 while offering a similar set of video features as Nikon’s flagship D4 DSLR at roughly half the retail price. With frame rates of 1080/30p/24p and 720/60p/30p, this is the... Read more

At A glance: Cross Over

The Manfrotto 502 Video Head

As we all know, rock-steady shots, as well as smooth pans and tilts, can easily separate your work from the non-pros. In the October 2010 issue of HDVideoPro, we reviewed the Manfrotto 504HD fluid head, which was Manfrotto’s first video head to use their patented Bridging Technology. With lightweight and compact large-sensor camcorders hitting... Read more

In-Depth Perception

3ality Technica and the Cameron | Pace Group lead the pack for high-end 3D production

2011 and 2012 give every appearance of being watershed years for 3D production. In the cinema market, it’s estimated that 50% of the 40,000 digital screens available worldwide are currently equipped to show 3D productions, while a new standard for active-shutter glasses will positively impact the home-viewing market. And it can’t be denied... Read more

Delivering The Goods

Sony releases the F65, a true 4K camera system that may change the game

In the past year, the ARRI ALEXA and the RED EPIC have been scoring points with some of the best filmmakers in the world, including Martin Scorsese (Hugo), Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Many in the industry were wondering what Sony would come up with next, even though its flagship... Read more

At A Glance: Hang On To Your EF Lenses

Redrock Micro’s LiveLens MFT

The Panasonic AG-AF100 was the first large-sensor camcorder to hit the market, and because of its ability to capture full 1920×1080 HD to SD cards, 4⁄3-inch image sensor and relatively low price point ($4,995), the camera quickly became popular with indie filmmakers. Now that the video industry has shifted toward large CMOS sensors in hopes... Read more

Next-Gen Lighting

Let’s take a look at the latest offerings that expand and redefine LED lighting for 2012.

Users have gone LED crazy, and it seems as if the development of new tungsten, fluorescent and HMI lighting has been largely overshadowed by user demand for new forms of LED lighting. LEDs are typically smaller, weigh less, consume less power, give off far less heat, and are greener and more efficient than any other form of lighting used in television... Read more


Demonstrated by Rampart, the line between production and post continues to blur

In 2009, The Messenger brought home two Oscar® nominations, including one for Best Original Screenplay, shared by Alessandro Camon and director Oren Moverman. The film earned plaudits throughout the festival circuit and was recognized as Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. Moverman’s latest project, Rampart, reunited him with... Read more

Releases December 2011

A relay mode provides uninterrupted recording, with simultaneous recording to both memory cards for instant backup or a client copy, and a new Pre Rec retro cache feature continuously records and stores up to five seconds of footage in cache memory to prevent missed shots.

SINGE-CAMERA 3D With modular components, interchangeable lenses and remote-control operation over interaxial distance and convergence, the Meduza MK1 enables filmmakers to capture single-system 3D in a variety of modes. Eliminating the need for complicated mirror rigs with their gears, cables, cameras and lenses, the base camera unit weighs less than... Read more